Xpressbet editor-in-chief Jeremy Plonk offers his top plays for Thursday.
Pimlico Race 5 // 2:56 p.m. ET
#7 Degas (4-1 ML)
Trainer Charles "Spider" Frock has much more success at Pimlico than Laurel on the Maryland calendar and has his horses in winning spots at this meet, which opens today. Frock goes from an apprentice rider to the circuit's leading jockey Jeiron Barbosa in a move that looks to mean business. Win bet.
Churchill Downs Race 7 // 7:54 p.m. ET
#3 Koolhaus (4-1 ML)
Prefer the older horses over the 3-year-olds this time of year, especially at this elongated 1 3/16-mile distance. Brad Cox trainee should be forwardly placed and exits a runner-up try behind a horse who came back to run a good third in a very tough Kentucky Derby Day allowance already at the meet. Win bet.
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